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Nationally Recognized Care for Pancreatic and Liver Cancers

You’re ready to feel like yourself again. We’re ready to get you there, using a combination of advanced therapies and personalized care. With a team of nationally recognized pancreatic oncology experts working just for you, you’ll have a clear path toward overcoming pancreatic and liver cancers.

Expertise and Compassion

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                        Top-Ranked Care

Top-Ranked Care

Our renowned pancreatic and liver surgical oncology team provides excellence in the clinical care of patients with pancreatic, liver and hepatobiliary tumors both benign and malignant. We’ve developed a comprehensive clinical resource center for referral of patients with pancreatic and liver neoplasms, and provide a multidisciplinary approach to treatment. More pancreatic cancer patients trust their care to us than any other health care organization in Florida.

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                        Tailored and Comprehensive Treatments

Tailored and Comprehensive Treatments

Our team is made up of the country’s leading experts, focused on treating the entire scope of benign and malignant pancreatic and liver tumors with an individualized, whole-health approach.

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                        Whole-Person Support

Whole-Person Support

Cancer affects more than your body. That’s why we have a team of physicians, nurse navigators, administrative staff, nutritionists, psychologists, social workers and more who dedicate themselves to improving your emotional and spiritual well-being — and treat the whole you.

Cancers We Treat

Explore Your Treatment Options

Surgery

If surgery is part of your treatment plan, rest assured that your health is in the hands of specialized oncology surgeons. As a recognized leader in cancer care, we’re helping patients heal through innovative surgical care day in and day out. Your dedicated team of cancer specialists will review every detail of your medical history and recent tests to recommend the most effective treatment plan for you. Surgery may be the only treatment you need, or, more commonly, it’s used in combination with chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy.

Options for Surgery

Our surgeons place a strong emphasis on treating tumors, both benign and malignant, with minimally invasive laparoscopic and robotic techniques to optimize your outcome. Our patient-centered philosophy expands beyond clinical care excellence to include the emotional, nutritional and social well-being of you and your family. We take a multidisciplinary approach to care and provide you with access to a full range of leading-edge cancer treatments.

We treat a broad range of pancreatic, liver and hepatobiliary tumors with the most minimally invasive procedures possible. Whatever procedure is part of your treatment plan, our team is here to guide you from pre-op to post-op and beyond.

Radiation Therapy: What to Expect

While radiation therapy is one of the most common treatments for pancreatic and liver cancers, at AdventHealth Cancer Institute, we do it with exceptional expertise, guidance and compassion. Using sophisticated radiation technology, we can target tumors including rectal cancer, gastric cancer, liver cancer, and pancreatic cancer with amazing precision, easing your pain and leaving healthy tissue untouched. Depending on your diagnosis, your dedicated team may recommend radiation alone, but in many cases, we combine it with surgery, chemotherapy, and sometimes other treatment options.

How Does Radiation Therapy Work?

Our oncology experts take an individualized approach to every patient’s treatment plan. Radiation therapy targets specific areas of the body, shrinking tumors and killing cancer cells by damaging their DNA.

When treating digestive tract cancer, radiation therapy is usually delivered one of three ways:

  • External radiation, which delivers radiation in a concentrated beam to keep nearby healthy tissue unaffected, often using imaging to guide the treatment.

  • Internal radiation delivers concentrated doses of radiation guided by ultrasound, keeping healthy nearby tissue safer.

  • Systemic radiation is a treatment that is swallowed or injected and then travels through your bloodstream to target and shrink cancer cells.

Throughout your treatment, your nurses and your radiology care team are there to keep you and your support system informed, comfortable, and uplifted.

Chemotherapy Treatment: What To Expect

Nothing matters more to us than getting you well, and getting you home. Depending on what type of gastrointestinal cancer you have and the level of advancement, chemotherapy may play an essential role in successfully treating your cancer, including colon cancer, rectal cancer, liver cancer, and pancreatic cancer. From the moment you arrive for your chemo treatment, one of our nurses will be there to greet you and guide you.

How Does Chemotherapy Work?

Using a combination of specialized drugs, chemotherapy has the power to destroy or slow down the growth of fast-growing cancer cells, wherever they are. More often than not for gastrointestinal cancer, chemo is administered intravenously, but it can also be delivered by injection or orally. At AdventHealth Cancer Institute, our oncology experts take an individualized approach to your chemotherapy treatment. Chemotherapy can be used three different ways to help treat gastrointestinal cancer:

  • Neoadjuvant treatment, during which chemo is administered before surgery to shrink the tumor, making it easier to remove and helping prevent the cancer cells from coming back.

  • Adjuvant treatment, during which chemo is administered after surgery to help remove any cancer that may be left. Often, you may receive a combination of chemo and radiation therapy after surgery, called chemoradiation.

  • Chemotherapy can also be used as your primary treatment option if surgery and/or radiation therapy aren’t the right course of treatment for you.

Depending on your type of cancer, we’ll determine which treatment(s) is best for you.

Life After Cancer Treatment

Getting back to feeling whole and healthy means making room in your life for plenty of guidance, love and support from your family, your friends, and from us. We’re here to advise and educate you, with personalized recovery programs geared toward boosting your health and wellness. We’re here to remind you that exercise plays a key role in reducing your risk of recurrence, and that strength training can help reduce your risk of fracture. But most of all, we’re here to reassure you that you’re never alone in this journey.

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Our Specialists Specialize in You

J. Pablo Arnoletti, MD
Surgical Oncologist
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Where to Find Us

You’re ready to give it your all — and we’re ready for you. Across seven Central Florida locations, our leading oncology specialists combine both proven therapies and emerging innovations to achieve patient outcomes that consistently exceed the national average.

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Explore Patient Resources

You'll feel even stronger when you're surrounded by a loving support system. From our pampering patient spa, which provides relaxation services and wig fittings, to our in-depth CancerHelp Online Library and financial assistance tools, we’re here with the practical, emotional, and spiritual guidance you need.

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Embrace Your Full Network of Cancer Care

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Clinical Trials

Our cancer specialists and researchers are continuously discovering new ways to prevent and treat cancer. We participate in more than 175 national clinical trials a year to give you access to many of the latest treatments and prevention methods, many of which may not be available at other cancer centers for months, or years, to come.

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Get a Second Opinion

It's always a good idea to get a second opinion. Our second-opinion experts can help you feel more confident in your care, either by confirming your diagnosis, shedding new light, or opening the door to new treatment options.

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Patient Support Groups

Our cancer patients often find comfort and hope where they least expect it: in the company of peers who end up becoming so much more. Connect with patients, survivors and a compassionate support group staff who truly understand what you’re going through.

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